On February 1, 2021, the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) was designated as the regulator of new home builders and vendors under New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017. Tarion is no longer responsible for registering builders and vendors of new homes but will continue to administer warranties and protections under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
Due to these changes, Tarion was required to adjust its operational policies. Tarion therefore consulted on proposed changes, including:
- Eliminating certain Builder Bulletins and updating others to address changes to Tarion’s mandate following the launch of the HCRA;
- Creating four new Registrar Bulletins; and
- Developing new standardized Vendor and Builder Agreements to align with the new home enrolment process.
Additionally, Tarion renamed existing and new bulletins as “Registrar Bulletins” and re-numbered them to provide a coherent and sequential framework. These changes were implemented to help ensure a smooth transition for the launch of the new regulatory authority.
You can view the final versions of these documents and all newly renamed Registrar Bulletins at the pages linked below:
For further information on the Builder Bulletin and Vendor and Builder Agreement consultations that took place, please review our discussion guide here.
Tarion remains committed to modernizing and building a more transparent, fair, and accountable new home warranty and protection program, and will continue to apply necessary resources to implement the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations and other consumer protection initiatives.
The successful launch of the HCRA is just one more step towards building a transparent, fair and accountable new home warranty and protection program to provide stronger consumer protection for Ontarians.
Below is important information on the launch of the HCRA and additional information on changes at Tarion as part of this transition, including new requirements around the addendum, and frequently asked questions: